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"Once you have made peace with the present moment, see what happens, what you can do or choose to do, or rather what life does through you. There are three words that convey the secret of the art of living, the secret of all success and happiness: One with Life. Being one with life is being one with Now. You then realize that you don't live your life, but life lives you. Life is the dancer and you are the dance." –Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth #eckharttolle #anewearth #spiritual #spirituality #presentmoment #thenow #peace #choice #consciousness #secret #artofliving #onewithlife #life #beingone #lifelivesyou #lifeisthedancer #youarethedance #dance #beintheworldbutnotofit #shift #perception #perspective #gowiththeflow #letgo #lettinggo #truth #ego #atidecremlifeproject

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20140814-212521.jpgDay 2 – Feeling Inspired

Today’s quote is from Emily Dickinson. “Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.”

Today’s centering thought is I am filled with spirit.

Today’s Sanskrit mantra is Shum, which means “I am inspired.”

From today’s message:
Today in meditation, we connect with our inner being, the source of all inspiration, creativity, insight and joy. In opening our hearts and minds to pure spirit, we allow ourselves to take it in to recreate and to renew ourselves. Inspiration is not only for artists and visionaries, we all benefit when our lives are refreshed and revitalized with spirit every day.

Meditation opens us to infinite possibilities and allows us to remake ourselves anew each time we sit in silence. To feel inspired is to step into the present experience unfettered by past disappointments and future fears. You are free to participate in the creative joy of life in the moment.”

Today is the second day of Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s Expanding Your Happiness Meditation Experience.

I first heard of being “in-spirit” from Dr. wayne Dyer who wrote, “when you are inspired by a great purpose, everything will begin to work for you. Inspiration comes from moving back in-spirit and connecting to the seven faces of intention. When you feel inspired, what appeared to be risky becomes a path you feel compelled to follow. The risks are gone because you are following your bliss, which is the truth within you. This is really love working in harmony with your intention.”

I think that the path I have taken from working on opening myself and my heart and taking the steps toward my spirituality have opened me up to many possibilities.

My journey included various meditation journeys offered by Oprah & Deepak and the Mentors Channel (Gratitude, Spirit of Mantra, and Osho’s Course in Meditation), as well as wisdom derived from books from Don Miguel Ruiz, Gabrielle Bernstein, Louise Hay, Dr. Wayne Dyer–to name a few, Hay House Summit, and many more.

This opening, and allowing on my part, has led me to Alaska where I felt such quick and deep connection to Spirit. Then to Lily Dale, where I felt serene, safe, and loved.

I feel like I am now at this point of Dr. Dyer’s word… “When you feel inspired, what appeared to be risky becomes a path you feel compelled to follow.”

I am in front of many open doors right now. I am “inspired,” but I don’t know which path to follow or where my path will take me. I am both anxious and excited at the same time.

All I know is that even if I do not know where I am going, I know that my path will make me be better in every way, and that if I take it one present moment at a time and live life from a loving space, I will be okay and I will like where I end up.

Link:
Visit The Chopra Center to sign up for the free 21-day meditation experience.

(Image and course information are courtesy of The Chopra Center.)

Older posts regarding my meditation journey:
Day 1 – Feeling Joy

20140805-000954.jpgDay 16 – Relaxation Through Awareness

Thought for the day: As I release any tension in my body, my mind follows

Daily Quote:
We are given only one moment at a time, so to live rightly one needs only to know how to live rightly in the moment. One need not worry about the whole of life. If you can take care of the present moment you have taken care of your whole life; then everything will fall into line by itself.” ~Osho

Today’s message from Osho is about giving up control and letting go.

Giving up control (and allowing for the natural unfolding of things) and letting go are difficult! I know, I am still working on them! 😁

According to Osho, not feeling in control and not living in the present moment causes all the tension (i.e. from constant battle to feel safe and secure, from frantic preparation for the future, from stressing yourself out, etc.) in your body and in your life.

The only way to deal with tension and stress is to relax. To relax is to slow down. To slow down is to live in the present moment. To live in the present is to trust… Trusting that everything will unfold the way they are supposed to for the highest good of all.

I think today’s meditation is a message I needed to hear today. I needed this beautiful reminder.

Relax. Let go. Live in the present moment. Trust.

Excerpt from the course
Relax the circumference of your being – relax your body, relax your behavior, relax your acts. Walk in a relaxed way, eat in a relaxed way, talk, listen in a relaxed way. Slow down every process. Don’t be in a hurry and don’t be in haste. Move as if all eternity is available to you.”

(Disclaimer: All images and meditations are from Osho’s 21-day meditation series by Mentors Channel.)

Related Links:
Osho: A Course In Meditation, 21 Day Workout For Your Consciousness (visit to register, it’s free).

Mentors Channel

Older posts regarding my meditation journey:
Day 1: Strength Through Devotion
Day 2: Meditations on Love and Relationship
Day 3: Meditations On Anger
Day 4: The Art of Living in Balance
Day 5: Love and Meditation go Hand in Hand
Day 6: Living Dangerously
Day 7: Watching The Mind
Day 8: It Needs Intelligence To Be Happy
Day 9: The Integration Of Body, Mind and Soul
Day 10: How To Slow Down
Day 11: Everybody Is Creative
Day 12: Intuition – Tuition From Within
Day 13: Meditation And Conditioning
Day 14: How to Drop Judging People
Day 15: The Art Of Listening

20140730-170321.jpgDay 10 – How To Slow Down

Thought for the day: Since I am a human BEING, today I focus less on doing and more on simply being

Daily Quote:
Women can wait, and they can wait infinitely, their patience is infinite. It has to be so, because a child has to be carried for nine months. And look at a mother, a woman who is just about to be a mother: she becomes more beautiful, she attains a different type of grace, an aura surrounds her. Now she is blooming, soon she will flower.” ~Osho

Today’s message from Osho is about slowing down.

Excerpt from the course:
Life is not going anywhere; there is no goal to it, no destination. Life is non-purposive, it simply is. Unless this understanding penetrates your heart, you cannot slow down. Slowing down is not a question of any “how”; it is not a question of technique, method… Change your basic philosophy: that of an achiever. Relax into your being.”

Before I started meditating, I did not understand how to “slow down.” I am Aquarian. We think, act, walk, and sometimes “know” in lightning speeds. There is no such thing as “slow down” in our dictionary. It’s a totally foreign concept.

The herniated disc was my lesson in “slowing down,” and my few weeks of medical leave last year, became my body, mind, and spirit overhaul. It forced me to look at my life–what the past was trying to teach me, how my present was unfolding, and how I wanted to approach my future for my best and highest good.

Before the herniated disc, I worked like a dog. My life was crazier. Our society conditioned us to go, go, go… But where were we going? A stressful and quick way to deterioration…

Have you been feeling or even felt your own “slow down?” And I mean, your personal “wake up” call–where you are made to really look at your life and see if that’s what you want your life to be? I think that is the beginning of a “slow down” which would eventually lead you to a more peaceful way to be.

(Disclaimer: All images and meditations are from Osho’s 21-day meditation series by Mentors Channel.)

Related Links:
Osho: A Course In Meditation, 21 Day Workout For Your Consciousness (visit to register, it’s free).

Mentors Channel

Older posts regarding my meditation journey:
Day 1: Strength Through Devotion
Day 2: Meditations on Love and Relationship
Day 3: Meditations On Anger
Day 4: The Art of Living in Balance
Day 5: Love and Meditation go Hand in Hand
Day 6: Living Dangerously
Day 7: Watching The Mind
Day 8: It Needs Intelligence To Be Happy
Day 9: The Integration Of Body, Mind and Soul

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There are a lot for me to be grateful for today, especially for heat and electricity–these things I shouldn’t take for granted. I must always be aware and thankful that I am in a country where these are easily accessible, but I learned something else important to me.

Yesterday, I wrote about David Steindl-Rast’s TEDTalk on gratefulness. To be happy, we must be grateful and enjoy each given moment. To be open to the opportunity of a given moment, we must slow down and be in the present now.

One of my fears is the future, as it relates to men, love, and relationships. Before I would get too close with a man, I would self-sabotage or end it for many reasons relating to what I had experienced in the past. I had written this fear down and faced this fear the other day, and the best thing I could come up with to deal with it is to fully release the future.

I’ve tried doing that before and now I feel that I have been terribly half-hearted about those other times. When it comes to love when other people are involved, there’s no way of controlling the future. I can’t. I can only control myself.

Plus the only constant is change. What we do today can affect our future, so even if I was told I would meet someone who could change my life in a particular place on a particular day, but decide not to show up (maybe out of fear), for instance, then I lost that chance.

That is why it’s best to just live in the present–in the now, and just enjoy it fully. Let the future take care of itself, and instead, just enjoy the present (the gift) that is the “now.” I get it… now!

So today, I am grateful for “now.” I would like to end this post by sharing these lyrics from Katy Perry’s song, “This Moment.”

Do you ever think that
We’re just chasing our tails?
Like life is one big fast treadmill
And we pop what is prescribed
If it gets us first prize but you know
Who I
Who I think will win
Are the ones that let love in
Are the ones that take the time

All we have is this moment
Tomorrow’s unspoken
Yesterday is history
So why don’t you be here with me?

All we have is this moment
To put our love into motion
Yesterday is history
So why don’t you be here with me?
Be here with me now

Be here with me now
‘Cause the future is right now, right in front of you
Don’t let the clock, the clock tell you what to do
A future is right now, I’m in front of you
Baby don’t blink and miss

This moment

Links:

Patrick McDonnell’s Mutts

Mutts comic courtesy of http://www.mountainsoftravelphotos.com

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Yesterday, I was grateful for fear. After writing them down and facing them last night, I actually woke up feeling refreshed this morning (even after several snooze moments.) 😉

It’s weird to be grateful for fear, isn’t it? But I am. I realized that by facing my fears, it will make me become so much more aware of how I still tend to self-sabotage my happiness–and that, Ladies and Gentlemen, I refuse to continue to do.

Now, on to gratefulness!

Being grateful is one of the major components of living a happy and miraculous life, and it was serendipitous that I had received David Steindl-Rast’s TEDTalk on gratefulness last week from my friend, C.

I had meant to actually write about it that day last week, but something else usurped it, but today, I think, is the perfect day to share it and reflect because as David mentioned in his TEDTalk, “if you’re grateful, you’re not fearful.”

David said that we all want to be happy, and this is what we all have in common. He then asked, “is it really the happy people who are grateful?”

He, then, gave an example of comparing a set of people who had everything that could make them happy, but they were not and a set of those who experienced tragedies, yet were still grateful.

“We all know people who have lots of misfortunes that we ourselves would not want to have, and they are deeply happy, they radiate happiness. Why? Because they are grateful… So it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.”

Have you ever experienced being given something of great value to you and it was fully given with no strings attached? How did it make you feel?

To live gratefully, David said that we need to see every moment as a gift–as “precious” and “a great opportunity.” It is up to us to be aware and to choose to be grateful for each given moment–whether to simply enjoy it or if it is a lesson, to learn from it.

David, then, provides a guide that can help. It is: Stop, Look, and Go

Stop… Slow down so you can perceive each moment and not miss an opportunity.

Look… Use all your senses, see the beauty in all of life, so that you are open to opportunities. Opportunities to enjoy life, to help others, or to learn.

Go… Do something. Enjoy the opportunity that life gives you with each present moment.

Please consider watching David Steindl-Rast’s TEDTalk (link below). It’s beautiful and profound.

I am grateful for, well… gratefulness. For gratefulness will make us happy!

Links:

David Steindl-Rast

David Steindl-Rast’s TEDTalk – “Want to be happy? Be grateful”

Disclaimer:
Image captured from the TEDTalk

I have heard this a lot mostly from Elderly people and those who are going through major illnesses, but it goes beyond cultures.

They are grateful if they can wake up the next morning and be alive.

I woke up sore, yet even pain tells me I am alive.

Today, I am grateful for being alive–for each deep, cleansing breath that I take, and for each present moment.

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